Many people avoid getting tested for HIV for fear that they may be positive. The fact is that today, an HIV diagnosis does not mean you will die from AIDS. That is why it is important to know your status. If you test negative, that’s great! You can learn how to stay negative. But even if you test positive, the sooner you know, the sooner you can get treatment and learn how to prevent spreading the disease to others. Many people with HIV live normal, healthy lives.